Monthly Archives: July 2015

Home Inspection Reports

When buying or selling a home, its common to have a home inspection performed on your home. Quite often we are asked to look at the home inspection reports to quote repairing electrical issues found within the home. If you need a quote on repairing issues, please give us a call, it’s as easy as sending over the electrical portion of your report for someone to look over.
Lastly, I found a useful article from “Fresh Home” on 10 Things Every Buyer Should Know About Home Inspections.
“We’ve compiled a list of 10 Things Every Buyer Should Know About Home Inspections. Give it a glance before you send the inspector out to view your new property. It will give you the ability to go into the transaction feeling more informed and better able to advocate for yourself.” Read it here.
Not buying or selling a home? We suggest a yearly DIY inspection on your property. Read our latest blog post about it.
As always, give ARC Electric Company a call if we can help you with your home inspection report or if you have any electrical repairs that need taken care of. We have been servicing Charlotte and surrounding cities since 1977.


Give Your House a Yearly DIY Inspection

Most homeowners think a home inspection is only when buying or selling, but you should perform a yearly DIY inspection on your property. Think about it, we go to the doctor for our yearly exam, why not do a quick inspection of your home to keep you and your family safe. Typically the Fall is the best time to give your home its annual physical — before winter’s harsh weather sets in!
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This Old House” compiled a checklist of everything you should check for; covering 7 main areas around your home. Click Here for the article in it’s entirety. Or you can download a printable version of the entire Yearly Checklist here. Below is the electrical checklist.
❏ Check trees around the house to be sure they’re not threatening wires.
❏ Open the panel and look for new scorch marks around breakers or fuses. Also check outlets for scorch marks, which could be a sign of loose and sparking wires.
❏ Look for loose outlet covers, receptacles, and loose boxes, which may have to be refastened to the studs while the power is turned off.
❏ Test all GFCI outlets by plugging in a lamp and then hitting the test and reset buttons to see if it turns the light off and then on again.
❏ Go around with a electrical tester (or lamp) to make sure all outlets work

**If you do not feel comfortable with performing this inspection yourself or if you feel there may be issues, please give us a call at 704-821-7005!

Golf Course To Become A Renewable Power Source!

3MW Project in Miyazaki

3MW Project in Miyazaki

After the real estate bubble burst, many countries were left with foreclosed homes, empty lots and an economy reeling. Japan is taking a new approach and re-purposing it’s abandoned properties. In the late 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s Japan saw a rise in golf courses popping up with memberships going for millions and when the bubble burst many became abandoned.
In the aftermath of Fukushima, Japan decided to roughly double the amount of renewable power sources by 2030. They were already building solar power plants that floated on water, so why not turn an abandoned course into a solar power plant? Earlier this month, Kyocera announced they had started construction on a project located on an old golf course. It is scheduled to go operational in September of 2017, generating enough electricity to power approximately 8,100 typical local households.
In late May, the company announced an even larger project that will begin construction next year in Kagoshima on land that had been designated for a golf course more than 30 years ago but was subsequently abandoned. The plant is expected to generate enough to power about 30,500 households when it goes operational in 2018.
Kyocera isn’t the only company taking notice in Japan, Tokyo-based Pacifico Energy is building 2 plants on old courses in Okayama, with help from GE Energy Financial Services.
Japan is not alone in pursuing this “new” idea. In the US, golf-courses are facing a decline in interest in the sport and many have reacted by relaxing dress codes, adding family programs, and restructuring their fees. While courses will undoubtedly close, the U.S. already has plans to replace closed courses with solar plants in New York, Minnesota, and other states.
How neat is this? Turning an abandoned property into a renewable energy source.

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Financing Is Available!

Did you know we offer financing to our customers for CurrentSAFE EHD Test and for a whole home generator. Financing is easy and offers great 0% interest if paid within 12 months!
Call us today for your FREE In Home CurrentSAFE Consultation or for a FREE Estimate on a whole home generator! Call today – 704-821-7005!
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Why You Need Surge Protection…

Eaton Whole Home Surge Protection
Sometimes homeowners underestimate a surge – an electrical surge will follow any wire into a house — including your phone and cable lines, televisions, satellite systems, computers, and modems. Don’t forget about your plugged in appliances, they aren’t exempt from a electrical surge’s wrath. A power surge may last for only a few millionths of a second, but at its worst, it carries tens of thousands of volts, enough to fry circuit boards, crash hard drives and home-entertainment systems. A lightning strike has to be less than a mile from the house to cause harm, and in fact most surge-related damage is not caused by lightning. Far more common, though not as dramatic, are surges caused by downed power lines or sudden changes in electricity. The damage inflicted by these minor power fluctuations can be instantaneous — but may not show up for some time.
A simple surge protector installed at your panel box could save you thousands of dollars in replacement cost and countless hours of dealing with insurances. Eaton Whole Home Surge Protectors are endorsed by Mike Holmes of HGTV’s Holmes on Holmes – read our recent blog on it. Right now we have a $50 off coupon on our website – CLICK HERE. Normally it is $425 for (1) surge protection on a 200 amp panel. With the coupon it brings the cost down to $375. Take advantage of this deal now – call us today! (704) 821-7005.

Do I Need A Whole Home Generator?

KOHLER Generator installed by ARC Electric Company
The simple answer is YES!
A whole home generator keeps your home running smoothly when an unexpected outage hits. Generators provide worry-free emergency power to your homes electrical needs. If you experience occasional power outages you are a great candidate for a whole home generator. ARC Electric Company proudly supplies and installs KOHLER, Generac and Briggs & Stratton whole home generators. Below are a few FAQ on generators. Hope they are helpful. Please call us today to schedule a FREE estimate on your generator today – (704) 821-7005!
How does a Generator work?
The whole home generator is comprised of two basic parts – the transfer switch and the generator itself. The transfer switch monitors the electricity coming in from the utility. When it detects the power has stopped, it sends a signal to the generator, which starts running. The house then receives the electricity being generated at your home. When the power is restored by the utility, the transfer switch transfers the home’s electrical needs to the utility and turns the generator off. All of this is done without involvement of the homeowner.
Do I need a whole-house generator?
When the power to your home fails a whole home generator will kick in automatically providing you with continuous power to essential appliances. Many people can live without lights in the bedroom, but have you considered that no electricity in your home means:
* Food spoils in the refrigerator.
* Basements can flood because sump pumps stop working.
* Water may stop flowing if you are on a well pump; worse still, sewage may back-up into the house if you have a septic pump.
* The heat shuts off even if you use natural gas, propane, or oil. No electricity means those devices won’t work either.
* Security – you are sitting, possibly alone, in a dark home. Security systems will start to fail after just a few hours.
* Telephones fail or you can’t charge your cell phones or tablets.
* Excessive heat. Who likes living in a home with no air conditioning, no fans, and no cool drinks while waiting for the power to be restored?
* Medical needs. Do you care for someone who may need electricity for health reasons or is weakened and can not handle extremes of temperature?

What size generator will I need?
The answer is “that depends”. Smaller electrical loads need smaller generators and bigger loads require bigger generators. We will be glad to help you decide what electrical loads are important to you and then engineer the proper size generator to meet your needs. We do offer FREE Generator quotes – call us to schedule your appointment today! (704) 821-7005.
How big is the generator?
Generators are actually quite small. Air cooled units (up to 20 kW) take a 3’ x 5’ mounting area and are nominally 2’ wide, 4’ long and about 2.5’ tall. Liquid cooled units are a about a foot longer in each direction.
How loud is a whole home generator?
It depends on the unit, but in general they are no louder than an air-conditioner compressor.

Happy 4th of July

ARC Electric Company office will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of July 4th, our staff and technicians will be spending time with their loved ones. Please note we will re-open on Monday, July 6th.

The Declaration of Independence
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776). And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered. In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!
How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies. By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change. After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated. Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.
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